Egor Koshelev: LAST ARTIST AND EXHIBITION WHICH HAS NEVER HAPPENED

‘How today are creative pursuits and an exhibition’s activity related? An artist works relentlessly, but the rhythm of exhibition life passes by – fatally keeping a sort of distance-lag – it can be reduced but not eliminated. If you paint a picture a year, this is a lost year – the contemporary artist understands this. If your masterpieces remain outside an exhibition space – it means there was no purpose in creating them.

Sometimes the intrusive presence of the Last Artist in my works results from my reflections about the phenomenon of a creative person in Russia and the way this strange figure (our local type of artist is rather weird - he constantly feels odd, useless, always ready to fail… like a disabled looking for a crutch) acts in a cultural space – what he is ready to do to make a name...'

Egor Koshelev, 2011